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#6441459 - 09/06/16 11:12 PM I almost killed my dog
Wacm Online   content
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Registered: 05/13/16
Posts: 370
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
Took my dog dove hunting. She's 11 months old. We've only ever quail hunted. That was always in cool weather. I got to the lease at 6pm on Saterday and was seeing lots of quail so I let her find some before the dove hunt. She did good despite the heat there was a good breeze.

Then I brought her to the dove field and the action was fast. She instantly knew how to retrieve. I worked with her all summer with bumpers. Boy she does not like holding the doves though. She mostly likes chasing them and She even lost a few cause she would drop them and take off if I or someone else shot while she was returning with a bird. I had plenty of water for her but it was really hot and she kept taking off at every shot chasing under birds. She did a few really really long retrieves on birds that ran out of steam 3 or 4 hundred yards away. She did fine that first evening.
Sunday I started at first light and hunted till 11. Then returned at 4:30 to hunt again. That evening there was no breeze. I was watering her out of a small cooler. It has a small compartment on the top for a snack but works perfect for watering your dog. Somehow the cooler tipped over and I lost all the water I had. Then the dove action really picked up and she did 4 back to back retrieves. I knew she needed water so I headed back to the truck for more. It didn't seem to bad but her tongue was hanging. That night she was super lethargic and wasn't with it. I thought she'd be fine and just needed rest. I kept bringing her water all night and shed drink small amounts every time. We left her in the cabin and hunted two hours in the morning and she still hadn't recovered. Tonight she finally snapped out of it. Poor girl, I feel awful. I just want to say to everyone to watch your dog close and if it's breathing hard with it's tongue hanging low you need to call it a day. Alway have water with you. I Am so lucky and thankful she pulled through.

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#6441504 - 09/07/16 05:32 AM Re: I almost killed my dog [Re: Wacm]
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Good advice
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#6441552 - 09/07/16 07:03 AM Re: I almost killed my dog [Re: Wacm]
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On these hot dove hunts, you have to make sure you bring enough water for the dog and you have to keep providing her a drink.
If you can, try and hunt near a tank or pond. She'll cool off there too.

If you run low immediately take her to the truck and water her.
In the afternoon I ALWAYS sit in shade with my dog.

I'm glad she is doing well.
They love to go, just make sure they get what they need in the field.
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#6441603 - 09/07/16 07:42 AM Re: I almost killed my dog [Re: Wacm]
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Drinking water is not enough to keep them cool. You need to put them in water. Take a 1 gallon pump-up sprayer if there is not a pond available. They run trials in NSTRA when the temperature is in the 90s, but water barrels are always in the fields. The dogs learn the use the water barrels on their first outing.
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#6441638 - 09/07/16 07:58 AM Re: I almost killed my dog [Re: Wacm]
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Registered: 10/21/08
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I carry a 15 gallon sprayer on my truck when I quail hunt. When I used to have a Lab, I would put a bath towel in an ice chest, then lay the cold, wet towel on the dogs' belly and chest. Right over her radiator.

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#6441677 - 09/07/16 08:14 AM Re: I almost killed my dog [Re: Wacm]
Wacm Online   content
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Registered: 05/13/16
Posts: 370
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
Here she is after the Sunday evening hunt





She's much better now but still not totally herself. I like the sprayer idea I'll defiantly drop on in my rig next weekend.


Edited by Wacm (09/07/16 08:18 AM)

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#6441707 - 09/07/16 08:24 AM Re: I almost killed my dog [Re: Wacm]
Wacm Online   content
Bird Dog

Registered: 05/13/16
Posts: 370
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
Photos from the hunt we had my son and my brothers two girls out there. A few friends in from out of town.



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#6441726 - 09/07/16 08:35 AM Re: I almost killed my dog [Re: Wacm]
CCBIRDDOGMAN Offline
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Registered: 11/16/07
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Loc: CEDAR CREEK LAKE
I am constantly worried about mine getting too hot, if we aren't working to a pond or windmill, we set a bucket or cooler of water out ahead before we start the run. I gave up on the hot azz dove hunting thing years ago. Glad your pup is ok.
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#6441766 - 09/07/16 08:59 AM Re: I almost killed my dog [Re: Wacm]
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Registered: 08/01/09
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Loc: Spring, Tx
I find a shady spot, and have one of those big rubber tubs filled with water from Tractor supply.
You need to work with her on not breaking at the shot. That way you can control just how much she's running in the hot weather.
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#6441793 - 09/07/16 09:15 AM Re: I almost killed my dog [Re: Wacm]
Happy Birthday rdh1 Offline
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Registered: 09/01/09
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Loc: Moffat,Tx
I take an big ice chest full of water so they can jump in and cool off all the time
need to keep there leg and belly wet
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#6441942 - 09/07/16 10:48 AM Re: I almost killed my dog [Re: Wacm]
Colinus virginianus Offline
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Registered: 06/29/15
Posts: 10
Loc: Magnolia, TX
I was in Alaska last week and had a chance to see sled dogs pulling a four wheeler. The air temperature was in the mid 50-s and they ran the dogs about a quarter mile. When they returned, they put the dogs in a pen and turned on a misting system to put water on the dogs - managing a dogs temperature and providing a cool down is just not a Texas thing.

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#6442348 - 09/07/16 02:46 PM Re: I almost killed my dog [Re: Wacm]
Wacm Online   content
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Registered: 05/13/16
Posts: 370
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
I've heard not to water your dogs at stock tanks cause of bacteria.

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#6442364 - 09/07/16 02:58 PM Re: I almost killed my dog [Re: Wacm]
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Registered: 11/25/10
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Originally Posted By: Wacm
I've heard not to water your dogs at stock tanks cause of bacteria.


It never hurt any of mine. How do you stop a thirsty dog from drinking out of a tank? A kick to the ribs?

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#6442389 - 09/07/16 03:11 PM Re: I almost killed my dog [Re: Wacm]
bill oxner Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Wacm
I've heard not to water your dogs at stock tanks cause of bacteria.


I take a morning walk around my neighborhood. Cracker drinks out of several mud holes and never gets sick.
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#6442393 - 09/07/16 03:13 PM Re: I almost killed my dog [Re: Wacm]
CCBIRDDOGMAN Offline
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Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 9287
Loc: CEDAR CREEK LAKE
I was gonna say the same thing, no way you are stopping one of mine from drinking out of a tank when they are thirsty. I have seen them drink from places I wish they hadn't, but have never had a problem. They like to cool that belly.
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